Laminate floors can improve the comfort and appearance of a home space at a much lower price than hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring usually is fabricated into tongue-and-groove planks; you'll have to cut some ends and perimeter pieces to fit. One downside of laminate is its tendency to splinter on the finished side during cutting. Cutting the boards to fit the room properly provides plenty of challenges for first-time laminate floor installers.

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Straight, clean cuts can be challenging with laminate flooring.

Cut to Fit

Step 1

Measure the length and width of the piece you need for your floor.

Step 2

Mark the length of the finished piece of laminate and draw a guideline across the finished side of the board. Hold the laminate steady, finished side up, with one hand and use the handsaw to make a cross cut to the desired length.

Step 3

Mark the rip cut along the back of the board, and cut with a circular saw equipped with a blade intended for wood laminate, to reduce the width of the laminate board.

Odd Cuts

Step 1

Place a laminate board directly on top of the installed laminate floor, so the side edges match the installed bottom board, and push it toward the odd angle, keeping the side edges aligned with the bottom board. Stop when the inner corner meets the angled wall.

Step 2

Loosen the wing nut on the angle finder. Position the thick handle of the angle finder against the angled wall. Adjust the flat blade of the angle finder so it matches the long edge of the laminate board. Tighten the wing nut.

Step 3

Flip the angle finder over so that the thick handle abuts the long, inner edge of the laminate board. Use the flat angle-finder blade to draw the angle cut on the board. Make the cut. Put the board back in position on the floor. Mark where the previous board ends to indicate where to make the length cut, straight across the width of the board. Cut the board to length.